Yak down is an emerging name in the world of luxury and exotic fibers.
Remarkably fine, it is comparable to cashmere in softness while being significantly warmer than merino wool. It is a truly exquisite natural fiber that is also exceedingly rare. Despite its natural scarcity, yak down is becoming increasingly available to consumers in the West through a growing number of entrepreneurial businesses seeking to share this exceptional fiber with the world.
– Natural Properties of Yak Down
Yak down yarns are superior in many ways to other popular natural fibers: Yak down is 10-15% warmer than merino wool.
Yak down is similar in softness to cashmere, with a diameter ranging from 15-22 microns, but is far more durable.
Yak down is hypo-allergenic and does not scratch against the skin as do many popular wools.
Yak down remains very warm even when wet.
Yak down is extremely breathable, contributing to self-regulation of body temperature.
Yak down is very rare, adding value through interest and novelty when compared to popular and ever-present fibers such as wool or cotton.
– An Exceptionally Rare Fiber
On average, yaks grow as little as 500 grams of quality down through winter.
In comparison, the New Zealand Merino sheep will produce 3.5 to 5 kgs. of wool a year, and the annual fiber harvest from a single Angora rabbit may exceed the yak more than six-fold! The scarcity of the exotic yak down adds to its value as an extremely rare and unique natural fiber.